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Faculty Development - Rowan-Virtua SOM: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Resources for clinical and academic faculty


The following definitions are from "The Language of Identity: Using Inclusive Terminology at Rowan University": 

  • Diversity - Diversity is variety in group presence and interactions based on a broad spectrum of demographics, cultures, philosophical differences, and lived experiences.
  • Inclusion - Inclusion is the intentional action of including groups in society who may otherwise be minoritized, marginalized, and/or vulnerable.
  • Bias - Bias is preference for or against someone, whether conscious or unconscious.
  • Microaggression - Microaggressions are brief verbal, nonverbal, and/or environmental insults towards individuals based on their identity. They do not have to be intentional
  • Ally - An ally is an individual from one identity group who actively supports members of another identity group.

Rowan DEI Statements for Syllabi

DEI Recommended Syllabus Language

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion would like to encourage all faculty to include the syllabus language below that addresses the reporting of all types of discrimination and bias in the protected categories.
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Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Policy and Reporting

Rowan University and its faculty and staff are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students. Title IX makes it clear that sexual misconduct and harassment based on sex and gender is a Civil Rights offense subject to the same kinds of accountability and support applied to offenses against protected categories such as race, national origin, etc.

University faculty and staff members must report any sexual misconduct or harassment to the University’s Title IX Coordinator to provide the appropriate resources and support options. Please report any incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment by clicking HERE. What this means is that as your professor, I am required to report any incidents of sexual misconduct and harassment that are directly reported to me or of which I am somehow made aware. See Rowan’s Title IX Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault Policy and Student Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy.

To learn more about Title IX, go to:

Discrimination and Harassment Reporting and Title VI

Rowan University prohibits verbal, written, physical, or psychological discrimination under the University’s Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace and Educational Environment. Please report any incidents of discrimination and harassment by clicking HERE. In addition, as your professor, I must report any incidents of discrimination and harassment directly reported to me or of which I am somehow made aware.

To learn more about Title VI, go to:

Please see below available resources:

  • Confidential Resources: The Wellness Center, Winans Hall, 856-256-4333,
  • Non-Confidential Resources: Office of Student Equity and Compliance (OSEC), Hawthorn Hall 315, 856-2565830 Public Safety, Bole Annex, 856-256-4911 

General Resources

Please see the following Research and Resource Sites.

Rowan University

Outside Resources

RowanSOM Recorded Events

Black Maternal Health Summit - Event Recording
4/17/24, 6-8:30pm


  • Chanel Porchia-Albert’s presentation on Collaborative Models for Holistic Maternity Care
  • My Black Health is Beautiful Curriculum Panel
    • Featuring: Jaye Wilson, Crystal Charley, and Dr. Pamela Brug

Event recording (Keynote - 15:40; Panel Discussion - 1:19:15)

Resources to Address Microaggressions
1/19/24, 7am-8am

Steve Garwood, EdD, Director of Faculty Development & Interim Chair, DEI Committee


Panel Discussion - Creating an LGBTQIA+ Friendly Practice
4/19, 6pm-7:30pm

  • Moderator: Kristin Bertsch, PhD, Director, NJ AHEC; Course Director CSLL; Assistant Professor; Psychologist; Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Panelists
    • Shanin Gross, DO, Lead Physician, Virtua Pride Primary Care
    • Rachel Silliman Cohen, MD, FAAP. Director, CARES Institute, and Associate Professor, Rowan-Virtua SOM
    • Lauren Spivack, MD. Director of the Rowan Center for Chronic Pelvic Pain and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Rowan-Virtua SOM
    • Michele Tartaglia, DO, FACOOG, CS. Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Resources

"Listen to Black Mamas" Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion/Talk Back
2/23/23, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Description: "Listen to Black Mamas" is a documentary film on the maternal mortality crisis in New Jersey. 

GME Faculty Development Seminar
6/10/22, 7:30am-10:30am

  • Cultivating Belonging for GME Trainees
    Presenter: Yvonne Ortiz, MEd, Rowan-Virtua SOM, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2/15/22, 7am-8am

Presenter: Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE
Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care and the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Summarize the evidence of a compassion crisis in healthcare.
  2. Describe how compassionate care is associated with measurable patient benefits.
  3. Implement techniques to increase compassionate care.
  4. Explain the quantifiable benefits of compassionate care for healthcare systems.
  5. Apply compassion to reduce burnout among healthcare workers.


Steps to Create Rigorous and Inclusive Mentoring and Training Systems
1/18/22, 7am-8am

Presenter: William McDade, MD, PhD
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, ACGME


Community Grand Rounds: Own Your Definition of Success

Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, FACOFP
President-Elect, American Osteopathic Foundation

Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Response

Nicole Leopardi, MD, FAAP, and E. Renee Cantwell, DNP, RN
NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Program Description: Preventing trafficking, recognizing victimization, and intervening appropriately requires a public health approach that incorporates rigorous research on the risk factors, health impact, and effective treatment options for exploited individuals. Health care professionals need training to recognize possible signs of exploitation and to intervene appropriately.

This program will present information about human trafficking, signs that a patient may be a victim of trafficking as well as directions on how to intervene and assist victims.

Diversity Week (2021)

Panel Discussion: Black Men in White Coats

Moderators: Dr. Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Affairs, CMSRU & Yvonne Ortiz, Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Rowan-Virtua SOM
Panelists: Dr. Bayo Adunbarin, Dr. David Clemons, Dr. Guy Hewlett, Dr. Troy L. Randle

Program Description: CMSRU and Rowan-Virtua SOM hosted a virtual screening of the documentary Black Men in White Coats with a panel discussion.  What are the experiences, conditions, and environments to help more Black men become physicians to serve diverse communities? 

Connecting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Medical Education and Practice

Yvonne Ortiz, MEd. Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Rowan-Virtua SOM)

Program Description: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are terms frequently used, but erroneously understood in the context of American higher education and medicine.  In this interactive professional learning, participants will learn DEI concepts to develop a shared language and its relevance to enhance working environments and patient care.  Topics include:  how race and racism has permeated American medicine, a basic understanding of implicit bias and microaggressions, and how these concepts impact health disparities and apply to a medical education setting.

Implicit Bias in the Exam Chair

Dr. Adrienne Rigueur, SOM Alumna '06

Program Description: SNMA, the Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement hosted a Community Grand Rounds Lecture on January 25, "Implicit Bias in the Exam Chair" with SOM Alumna, Dr. Adrienne Rigueur '06.

Equitable Care and COVID-19: Understanding and Addressing Challenges of Medical Mistrust and Misinformation

Dr. Charles Senteio, PhD, MBA, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information

Program Description: Dr. Charles Senteio will provide historical context for why contemporary factors seem to easily sow medical mistrust and misinformation. He will outline that just as social determinants of health put certain populations more at risk of COVID-19 exposure, infection, hospitalization, and death, social factors also influence the spread and uptake of misinformation and level of mistrust. Unlike other health outcomes characterized by persistent inequity, inequitable uptake of a future COVID-19 vaccine has direct implications for all of us. Dr. Senteio will offer his perspectives on how to provide quality care in this dynamic information and shifting social environment.

Racism in Medicine Conference (2020)